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Home Minister: Names of puja violence instigators to be disclosed soon

  • Published at 03:03 pm October 26th, 2021
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Home Minister Asaduzzman at the ‘BSRF Dialogue’ organized by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 UNB

Vested quarter carried out the violence in an effort to destroy the country’s communal harmony, says Asaduzzman Khan

The names of those who fuelled the violence at puja mandaps in different parts of the country will be made public soon, says Home Minister Asaduzzman Khan.

The minister said this at the ‘BSRF Dialogue’ organized by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum at the secretariat on Tuesday.

“Those who’ve been arrested in the Rangpur and Noakhali vandalism cases have disclosed their (instigators) names in their confessional statements given under Section 164 of the Penal Code,” he said.

Minister Asaduzzaman said an accused in Noakhali had made a confessional statement in court where according to local police, some 15 BNP-Jamaat men were mentioned.

“So far, 10 cases have been filed over the vandalism triggered following the desecration of Holy Quran in Comilla, and 18 people have been arrested for being directly involved in the criminal acts. Confessional statements of the arrestees are being recorded, and we’ll disclose the names after being hundred percent sure,” the minister added.

Asked about the involvement of his party men in these incidents, he replied that no one found guilty would be spared. They would be considered only as criminals, not party men.

“We had a hunch that there would be violence after Jummah prayers on the day of Dashami and directed the Hindu community members to carry out their immersion ritual before that, which they followed,” he added.

The home minister further said: “Yet people got divided into two groups equally and unleashed destructive activities, keeping the police force busy. And a man, meanwhile, had died jumping into a pond.”

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In another press briefing, state minister for religious affairs Faridul Haque Khan said: “In my personal opinion, the attacks were carried out with an eye to the upcoming election to scare the Hindu community so that they could be provoked into leaving the country.”

Nearly 13 days after the communal attacks first took place, the state minister said the authorities were yet to receive proper data on vandalized puja venues, temples, houses and businesses.

“We have received lists from the district administrations. However, we have noticed many lapses in the report. So, we want to have it prepared more accurately,” he added.

He said the pre-planned violence organized by the fundamentalists had damaged the morale of the Hindu community the most.

The state minister said that once a proper list was prepared, the ministry would decide how compensation would be provided to the victims to regain their trust. The decision will be based on the nature of the losses and infrastructure and the deaths or injuries.

The state minister also demanded that the home affairs ministry find the perpetrators of the attacks so that no such incidents happened again.

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